Shooter

Description

Shooters are action games in which the player character shoots enemies.

The shooting is usually performed with firearms in these games; however, any weapon that dispatches projectiles qualifies, which makes many games (e.g. Heretic) that rely on medieval ranged weaponry or even magical projectiles shooters as well.

There are many shooter sub-genres, including fixed-screen shooters, scrolling shooters, rail shooters, and others.

Since the emergence of 3D graphics, 3D shooters, popularized by Wolfenstein 3D and Doom, have become the leading representatives of the genre. This sub-genre is sometimes referred to as first-person shooter, though this definition is not very precise, since the genre's distinguishing feature are 3D environments, not the perspective; some 3D shooters allow players to switch between perspectives, while others enforce a third-person view.

3D shooters may incorporate elements of other genres, most commonly role-playing (e.g. System Shock games and Deus Ex).
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Dragon 32/64 (1984)

Copta Snatch plays much like Konami's Super Cobra, only the helicopter you're controlling actually works a little more like a...

Copter 271 Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amstrad CPC (1991)

An army of Martians is attacking Earth and humanity is threatened with complete extinction. The player has been summoned by...

Nintendo DS (2009)

When the streetracer Dan Miles is arrested by Detective Brad Winter, he is given two choices: go into prison, or...

Amiga (1993)

Corkers Compilation for the Amiga contains the following four games: Blob Wonder Dog Blastar Cyberpunks

Corporation DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Genesis (1992), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

A first person shooter that requires you to think things through rather than just attack anything that moves. This game...

Amiga (1991)

This is an add-on for Corporation, offering 16 new (and more difficult) levels and a new playable character: a robot....

Corpse Killer SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1994), SEGA 32X (1994), SEGA Saturn (1995), 3DO (1995) and Macintosh (1994)

Corpse Killer is a full-motion-video (FMV) shoot-'em up. It seems the evil genius Dr. Hellman has found a way to...

Corridor 7: Alien Invasion DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

In the year 2012 it was finally possible to send a space ship to Mars. The scientists returned with a...

Windows (2003)

Corridors of Power is a freeware first-person 3D shooter. The player character finds himself in a house in a desert....

Amiga (1988)

Cortex is 2D side-scrolling space shoot-em up, with action set in distant future (3498). The main hero is a pilot...

TurboGrafx-16 (1991)

As Coryoon the dragon, you must save the princess in this horizontally-scrolling shoot 'em up. Most shot enemies release fruit...

Cosa Nostra Amstrad CPC Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Mike Bronco, a super detective of great world-wide prestige, has been contracted by the Mayor of Chicago, with the purpose...

Cosmic Avenger ColecoVision Front Cover

ColecoVision (1982) and Arcade (1981)

Cosmic Avenger is a side scrolling shooter based on the arcade game. You are the pilot of a space fighter...

Cosmic Causeway: Trailblazer II Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

You have 24 levels to roll through within the time limit. Each level is composed of an assortment of squares...

Vectrex (1982)

In Cosmic Chasm, the player's mission is to penetrate an alien planet underground maze and destroy the planet's power structure...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Shroud, a demon wizard of a thousand disguises is invading Earth by concealing himself and his army in the tail...

Commodore 64 (1983), VIC-20 (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Cosmic Commando is a 1st person shooter where you control a cross-hair on a single screen viewed from an elevated...

Cosmic Conflict! Odyssey 2 Front Cover

Odyssey 2 (1978) and Videopac+ G7400 (1983)

The player is a legendary hero of the Earth Federation, in command of a Centurion star fighter and must defend...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Cosmic Convoy is a side view horizontal scrolling shooter where the screen scrolls left or right when you move your...

Arcade (1991)

Cosmic Cop is a horizontal scrolling 2D space shoot'em up, and part of the R-Type series. The player controls a...

Commodore PET/CBM (1981)

Cosmic Cosmiads is a shoot 'em up in the vain of Galaga. The player controls a tank at the bottom...

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984) and BBC Micro (1984)

The Rallom Empire's plan to invade Earth has taken a step closer as they have taken over a space station...

Cosmic Crusader PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1982)

Cosmic Crusader is to Galaxian as Space Strike (by the same programmer) was to Space Invaders. An alien space fleet...

Commodore PET/CBM (1982)

Cosmic Fighter is a side-scrolling shoot 'em up game in which one or two players can compete for a high...

Arcade (1979)

Cosmic Guerilla is a fixed screen arcade shooter. Like in Space Invaders, the player controls his laser gun left and...

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